*Throwback* National Lampoon’s Vacation
It’s about time for another throwback. Which of course means this weekend’s releases just weren’t up to par with getting me to the movies. But that’s alright because I love skipping back in time. You remember my love for 80’s movies don’t you? Well it’s a thing. That’s why I’m so happy to give you National Lampoon’s Vacation! Starring Chevy Chase (Stay Cool, Hot Tub Time Machine, Caddyshack) as your typical road trip dad Clark Griswold and his always exasperated wife Ellen Griswold played by Beverly D’Angelo (Bounty Hunter, Sugar Town, The Pope Must Diet).
The movie starts with Clark and his son Rusty played by Anthony Michael Hall (Dark Knight, The Breakfast Club, Edward Scissorhands) going to pick up the new family car that is supposed to drive them all the way from their hometown in Chicago all the way to California for the greatest family fun theme park ever: Wally World! The fact that the car pick up does not go accordingly is just a taste of what disasters are to come. All packed up and ready to go the family, not forgetting daughter Audrey Griswold; Dana Barron (Heartbreak Hotel, City of Industry, The Invited), head off on their 2049 mile cross-country road trip to Wally World. The goal is an end of the summer family fun trip and they will have fun even if it kills them! Clark Griswold will see to that!
That right there’s the summary of the movie so short and sweet you could wrap it up and put a bow on it. Now take that synopsis and imagine everything and anything possible that can go wrong. Then double it by two. Because that right there is the Griswold vacation each and every single time! You got you’re parent’s singing in the front seat the kids fighting in the back. A quick stop at your weird uncle and aunt’s house with their unsettling kid’s. Your crazy great Aunt Edna joins the road trip only die in the back seat of the car. We have a quick detour through the projects not to mention the middle of the Arizona desert. Several near fatal car accident’s and let’s not forget the beautiful girl you keep seeing driving that red Ferrari.
A bona-fide classic with such a simple story line. Not only that, but a story line we’ve seen many times before, but Vacation stands up above them all. It’s perfect. The comedic timing, the crazy situations, a beautiful cast and the classic road trip conundrums, where families (dads especially) feel the pressure to have the most FUN on the trip as possible! I personally would love to have Clark Griswold as my road trip dad. Any man willing to lose his mind for family fun, well that just means he cares don’t you think?
Rated R for sexual material, language, some nudity and drug material.
Rotten Tomatoes has this timeless comedy at a 95% fresh! It’s one of the great ones!
This screwball comedy classic came out in the summer of 1983 and makes us laugh to this day! Also let’s take note that Vacation is coming back as a remake for the newer generation from what I understand Rusty Griswold is all grown up and taking his own family on a trip. I’m thinking this new release will be out sometime soon this year. So…yeah. That should be interesting right? You gotta find this throwback. You’ve earned some nostalgia and a GREAT laugh!